I started this blog in 2008 (I think I’ve said this before). My first post ever was a review of Southland Tales. However, short after I thought a great way to give my readers – all two of you – would be to post a list of my top ten filmmakers (Part 1 & Part 2) at the time. The list was:
- Steven Speilberg
- Quentin Tarantino
- Michel Gondry
- Martin Scorsese
- Joel & Ethan Coen
- Hayao Miyazaki
- Spike Lee
- Edgar Wright
- Christopher Nolan
- Mel Brooks
It’s been more than four years since that post was released into the wild which followed with comments and tweets about my obvious lack of exposure to a lot of great filmmakers, which I admit to. To this day I still believe that there are a lot of filmmakers I’m yet to truly delve into. Up until a couple weeks ago I still hadn’t seen a film starring or by Charlie Chaplin. So even whatever I decide to list below will only serve as a tentative “so far” list and no more.
However, before I get to revising this list I want to take a moment to say that it feels really good to be revisiting this part of me. Almost half a year ago I recorded a podcast with my co-hosts discussing out Top Ten Films of All Time, yes I took it seriously and did my best, and already six months after the fact I can probably name a score of films that could probably be in contention for the same list. So when I say that I’m still finding more and more films and filmmakers to love please take this list with enough salt to just see it as insight into my own very quirky love of movies.
Last thing before we get into this list I made a few rules. This time around I refused to include any filmmakers who hasn’t been making films (professionally) for less than a decade and must have at least five credits to his name. So as much as I’d love to talk Rian Johnson and Duncan Jones to death they’re unavailable for this list and will need more work to fully appreciate them. This is for the very same reason why I refuse to discuss the latest summer blockbuster in the context of “is it the best movie ever made” as everyone on the internet tends to go off about.
Just before we go, this list is not ranked in any order other than alphabetical and I will pair the director with my favourite film of his:
- Alfred Hitchcock: North by Northwest
- Akira Kurosawa: High & Low
- Darren Aronofsky: The Fountain
- David Fincher: Zodiac
- Martin Scorsese: Raging Bull
- Paul Thomas Anderson: Magnolia
- Spike Jonze: Being John Malkovich
- Steven Spielberg: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
- Steven Soderbergh: Traffic
- Terrence Malick: Badlands
These are all directors that no matter how questionable, obtuse, or unattractive their upcoming film is I will tack it onto my must watch list because they are all filmmakers that I admire unabashedly.